NYC becomes first city to provide free tampons and pads in public schools, prisons, and shelters
Today, the New York City Council unanimously passed a set of bills requiring free menstrual-hygiene products in public schools, prisons, and shelters, making it the first city in the nation to pass so-called "menstrual equity" legislation. The city will budget for tampons and pads just like it does for toilet paper and hand soap.
— New York Magazine
"Tampons and pads are not currently covered by public-assistance programs and some school-aged girls stay home or use products longer than they should when they get their periods. Women in prisons face rationing and degrading treatment from corrections officers."For more public health-related... View full entry
Why International Women's Day matters (for architects)
You’ve probably heard that today is International Women’s Day. But what exactly is it? And why is it important?For many in the global West, the significance of March 8th is probably a lot less familiar than, say, Mother’s Day. In fact, the holidays originated around the same time, during the... View full entry
Results from The Architectural Review's 2016 Women in Architecture Survey are... not heartening
One in five women worldwide say they would not encourage a woman to start a career in architecture [...]
dissatisfaction among women is lower in practices where a significant proportion of management are women, and in practices with regular career development reviews and/or mentoring schemes, with mentoring the better of the two. [...]
Nearly three-quarters (72 per cent) of women worldwide say they have experienced sexual discrimination, harassment or victimisation during their career
Sigh. For more data on women in architecture, check out Archinect's Salary Poll.Other related news:Women in Architecture Awards recognize Odile Decq and Julia Peyton-JonesUn-Forgetting Influential Voices: Women in Architecture #wikiD Writing WorkshopZaha Hadid announced as winner of 2016 Royal... View full entry
Crowded skies: Sunlight as the new amenity for the super rich
[...] shadows even turn light into another medium of inequality. Light becomes a resource that can be bought by the wealthy, eclipsed for the poor.
[...] multimillion-dollar apartments in the sky will darken parts of the park a mile away. Enjoyment of the park in the park – a notably free activity in a high-cost city – will be dimmed a little to give billionaires views of it from above.
Related: Welcome to the permanent dusk: Sunlight in cities is an endangered species View full entry
Editor's Picks #309
Archinect was excited to announce a competition we're co-hosting with Designer Pages and the LA Film Festival. This competition seeks proposals for the interior design/layout of the VIP Director's Lounge for this year's LA Film Festival. The winner will have their design executed, with a cash... View full entry
Santa Barbara Architectural Board of Review Majority Abstains from Chick-fil-A Vote
The project received approval from the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) last year, but this week, with the plan returning for final sign-off on some late-hour landscaping tweaks, the board majority, for what appeared to be political reasons stemming from the gay-marriage flap, opted to abstain from voting on Monday.
Helene Schneider, the mayor of SB, and a proponent of marriage rights, says Chick-fil-A’s Architectural Approval Shouldn’t Hinge on Owner’s Politics. View full entry